Top Five Articles from September: The Value Factor, Non-Retirement, Finance and Civilization
What is finance, where does it come from, and why does it matter? William N. Goetzmann addressed these questions in his presentation at the CFA Institute: 62nd Financial Analysts Seminar, leading participants on a tour through financial history. Paul McCaffrey shares Goetzmann’s insights.
Interest in “factor investing” reached an all-time high in May, according to Google Trends. So Nicolas Rabener and his associates analyzed factor valuations using fundamental metrics and contrasted these current valuations with historical averages as a method to determine factor attractiveness.
C. Thomas Howard and Jason Voss, CFA, have called for the demise of modern portfolio theory (MPT) and the capital asset pricing model (CAPM). They say “financial markets should be viewed and analyzed using a behavioral lens.” Nathan Erickson, CFA, CAIA, and Richard Stott have a different opinion.
Much of financial planning focuses on retirement. But what if your client isn’t planning to retire? Barbara Stewart, CFA, explores the question.
Exchange-Traded Funds and the New Dynamics of Investing by Ananth N. Madhavan is a comprehensive study of the structure, price dynamics, and valuation of exchange-traded funds (ETFs), writes reviewer Janet J. Mangano. It addresses their current uses in various investment settings and attributes the rapid growth of ETFs to factor-based investing and the rise of robo-advisers. The book is a fascinating deep dive into all categories of ETFs, including equity, fixed income, foreign currencies, and alternative investments, with a particular focus on issues of tracking and liquidity.
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